I’ve been listening to quite a little bit of Jason Wilde on his various ESPNMilwaukee radio appearances lately. Whether it’s Green and Gold Today, The D-List, or Homer’s show, there’s basically not an episode I miss. (Though the crew on the D-List can get a bit tedious with its penchant to wander off in all directions, topic wise. Of course, I say that as someone who works with Corey Behnke…but I digress.)
Something came up on said D-List on Tuesday morning, I believe, that has really been grinding my gears ever since. Basically, Drew Olson, Dan Needles and…Trenni? (No idea.) were spurred on by a reader’s email to complain about McCarthy leaning so heavily on the pass on Monday night and not running the ball enough. Trenni (again, if anyone can help me here, I have no idea who this woman is…), in particular, was very upset about the lack of running plays.
I just don’t get it.
How many more years does McCarthy need to be coach until people will finally give up on the idea that he is EVER going to field a power football team? That he is ever going to ‘lean on the run’ as it were? It’s never going to happen people, no matter WHAT happens with the weather. People see the cold and automatically assume the running game must be featured. That’s just not the case, especially, and this is the key, when there is no wind down on the field. It can be 5 degrees out, but as long as there’s minimal wind, I have no problem with McCarthy coming out in 5 wide, going shotgun and letting Rodgers do his thing. That’s what this team IS for God’s sake. And it’s what the NFL has become, like it or not. It’s been said hundreds of times but it bares repeating:
You don’t run to win. You run when you’re winning.
This is especially true in the Packers case where they have, arguably, one of the top 5 quarterbacks in the league and one of the, again arguably, top 3 receiving corps in the league. Why on EARTH would McCarthy then turn around and hand the ball to an admittedly steady but unspectacular back like Ryan Grant? There’s no reason the weather, again barring major wind gusts, should force the playcaller to take the ball out of the hands of his best players.
And it just stupefies me that people still don’t seem to get that.